By Sari Kamp
We all know that the winter in Syracuse is pretty rough. And when I say pretty rough, I really mean brutal. Now that fall has officially begun (aka its cold enough to wear a sweater and not melt the second you walk outside) it’s time to start making some heartier fare. Just because something is hearty or rich doesn’t mean it has to be complicated or hard to make! Here are 5 great recipes that will warm your belly but won’t need 20 ingredients and 4 hours of work.
With only 4 ingredients, this Mexican-inspired dish is somehow still packed full of flavor. Mix things up by adding beans to the sautéed ground beef, or making your own enchilada sauce! If you don’t like beef or want to switch things up, try making this with ground chicken or turkey. The flavor of the enchilada sauce will work well with any protein.
Quick Tomato, White Bean, and Kale Soup
When you serve this soup, people will think it has simmered on the stove for hours, but only you will know that it didn’t even take an hour! Ingredients like tomato paste (use the double-concentrated kind from a tube for the most potent flavor), parmesan rinds (buy a hunk with a big thick rind next time you’re at the store – use up the cheese, then save the rind for this soup!), and garlic lend lots of flavor to this simple yet filling soup.
Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
The smell of this baking in the oven is enough to bring my roommate to the kitchen, so if that doesn’t make you want to make this, I don’t know what will. Don’t be intimidated by making the béchamel sauce, once you have mastered it (which I am sure you will on the first try), there are so many things you can make! If you can’t find broccoli rabe, you can substitute regular old broccoli, kale, or any other hardy green veggie.
Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken
The best part of this recipe is how riff-able it is. Don’t like dark meat chicken? No problem! Just use chicken breasts. Can’t find panko bread crumbs? No problem! Use regular un-seasoned ones. Serve this chicken with some mashed potatoes and roasted veggies and you have dinner ready in under an hour.
Easy Vegetarian Calzones
You totally got scared when you read calzone, but no need to worry, these are made with store-bought pizza dough! Stick with the filling in the recipe, or make up your own (I have a vision of sausage, sautéed fennel, and ricotta that I might have to make into reality). With these baking in the oven, your apartment will smell like the best pizzeria in Italy.